NEW FOR 2023
Help us plan your visit to Somerset for 2023 with lots of new things to see and do! We're open all year for touring, camping and holiday lodge stays and situated just 4 miles from the Dorset border too. As an adult only caravan park, we offer 5* VisitEngland rated facilities and have been crowned one of the top small caravan sites in the UK by The AA.
So, without further ado, let's dive in to what's on in 2023 and help you plan your ideal holiday in Somerset!
A TRIO OF GOLD AWARDS FOR 2023
We are very proud to announce our trio of gold awards collected at the Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards 2022/23. The tourism awards cover both Somerset and the two largest cities neighbouring the county, with thousands of potential applicants each year.
We won Gold Awards for the region's best Camping and Caravanning Park and Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism. On the awards night, we were also awarded the final Gold trophy for "Winner of Winners", with fierce competition from 50 other winning tourism businesses.
GOLD IN THE SOUTH WEST TOURISM AWARDS!
Following our successes in the Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards, we're so pleased to have won the South West Tourism Awards 2023 in the best "Camping and Caravanning Park" category! With strong competition from four finalists in the category, we were presented with the Gold Award in the category in March 2023.
We have received excellent feedback from the visiting judges, who commended us on areas including our "commitment to providing the best possible welcome for all of their guests. Their passion for making facilities accessible is clearly evident as is their desire to be as eco-friendly as possible." A second judge added: "Very impressive. It's not surprising that this park has achieved such success in a variety of awards. I was left with no hesitation in seeing that this is a high quality holiday park that takes pride in offering an excellent experience on a consistent basis."
The award covers all camping and caravanning parks in Wiltshire, Gloucester, Bristol, Bath, Somerset, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly!
PRACTICAL CARAVAN TOP 100 SITES
We are overjoyed to announce our inclusion in the Practical Caravan and Practical Motorhome Top 100 sites guide 2023. The Top 100 guide is put together entirely from customer nominations in the past year and we are so pleased to have received such wonderful feedback!
Our guests praised the "warm welcome" from the "wonderful owners" at our "lovely, peaceful site" with "spotlessly clean", "great showers"!
NEW SOMERSET MARKET IN SPARKFORD
One of the hottest new launches of 2023, a monthly market will be coming to Sparkford. The Haynes Motor Museum, just half a mile away in our village, will be the host to the brand new market featuring Somerset food, drink, fashion, gifts and homewares! This very exciting market comes from the same creators of the Taunton Independent Market in Somerset's county town and is sure to be very popular!
The Haynes Motor Museum have kindly offered our customers 10% discount on their ticket bookings and we make a great spot for rallies and car enthusiasts to holiday together in Somerset. As well as the new market, Haynes Motor Museum hold a monthly car boot and monthly themed car meets throughout the year.
TAKE A LOOK AT OUR HOLIDAY LODGES FOR HIRE IN SOMERSET
Our holiday lodges are a great base to explore the West Country, with three holiday lodges available all year round. They're ideal to holiday with family and friends, whether you'd like to split your accommodation across private residences or a mixed party of lodge hire and touring units. To cater for all requirements, two of our holiday lodges are entirely wheelchair accessible.
A NEW HOLIDAY LODGE IN 2023!
We'll be welcoming a third holiday lodge for hire to our fleet in Summer 2023. Our new holiday lodge will be our biggest yet, sleeping up to six adults. It's also fully wheelchair accessible, making it our second wheelchair accessible lodge.
THE CORONATION OF KING CHARLES III
The Coronation of King Charles III will bring an extra Bank Holiday weekend for 2023. Join us to celebrate in Somerset from 5 to 8 May 2023 with camping and caravanning pitches available for the weekend.
With a full site for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee and the Golden Jubilee, we are expecting another busy weekend of celebrations, with events to be held across the county.
A FULL DIARY OF EVENTS
The Octagon Theatre in Yeovil has secured funding from Arts Council England to expand their offerings over the next three years. With lots of great events scheduled for 2023, it's easy to see why the theatre has become a must-visit for our guests!
Join Great British Bake Off's Prue Leith on 7 March; comedian Tom Allen on 2 & 3 April and Wet Wet Wet frontman Marti Pellow on 27 May. There's also great tribute nights scheduled throughout the year at both The Octagon Theatre and sister venue Westlands Leisure Complex.
HELLO, IS IT 2023 YOU'RE LOOKING FOR?
See Lionel Richie live in concert at the Somerset Cricket Club ground in Taunton on 11 June 2023. The Taunton cricket ground has recently been renamed the Cooper Associates County Ground and are welcoming music legend Lionel Richie for their first major concert since 2014.
Lionel Richie played the Legends slot at Glastonbury Festival in 2015, drawing the biggest crowd of the weekend with over 100,000 fans joining for his set. The Somerset event is set to be a sell out!
It's not the only musical event in Somerset for 2023: we're taking bookings over Glastonbury Festival weekend!
BATH NAMED AS ONE OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC'S TOP PLACES TO VISIT IN 2023
The National Geographic Magazine has named Bath as one of its top 35 places to visit in the "Best of the World 2023" list. As a UNESCO World Heritage site, it's no surprise Bath is one of the most visited cities in the UK, but it's the new improvements that have caught National Geographic's Eye!
Bath has recently installed a new Bath World Heritage Centre to sit alongside the famous Roman Baths, Bath Spa and Bath Abbey. The city is full of great shops and viewpoints too. At just a short train journey away from Castle Cary train station, it's well worth a visit during your stay.
TOP MARKS IN INSPECTIONS
We've retained our VisitEngland 5* rating as South Somerset's only five star Touring and Camping Park. We've also increased our score in our inspection from The AA, where we are now Gold Award holders and have gained an increased score of 92%.
It's our second year as Premier Parks Top 100 UK Sites members too, where we're independently assessed as one of the top 100 touring and camping sites. On top of that, we've won three further Gold awards from the Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards, including the region's top Camping and Caravanning Park cementing us as one of the region's best!
BRISTOL, BATH & SOMERSET'S TOP CAMPING AND CARAVANNING PARK 2023
We're been awarded Bristol, Bath and Somerset's top Camping and Caravanning Park! Whilst it's not the first time we've won this award, it is our first time as a VisitEngland Five Star; The AA Gold Award-winning; Premier Parks member! Our considerable upgrades across our adult only touring park and campsite have attracted the attention of the judges, who assess the top sites all across the UK!
BRISTOL, BATH & SOMERSET'S MOST ETHICAL, RESPONSIBLE AND SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS
We're very proud of our green credentials at Long Hazel Park, from solar energy powering our shower block, to our 1,502 trees on site helping absorb carbon emissions in the local area. A big part of our ethical, responsible and sustainable award also focuses on our wheelchair-accessible accommodation, where we champion access for all across our touring park and holiday lodges for hire.
BRISTOL, BATH & SOMERSET TOURISM AWARDS "WINNER OF WINNERS"
Our third gold award from the Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards focuses on our commitment to tourism in the region for 27 years. We were nominated by judges who were so impressed by our ideas that we were awarded the "Winner of Winners" award, crowning us top of the 50 amazing award-winning businesses for 2023 in our region! You can read a lot more about our award successes on our site.
NEW ART EXHIBITIONS
With Hauser and Wirth Somerset just a few miles away in Bruton, we can't wait to see the new art exhibitions for 2023. Beginning the year with a new exhibition of photography and installations, Rodney Graham will be celebrating "Getting it Together in the Country". The Swiss-owned gallery has previously hosted exhibitions from world-famous spider sculpter Louise Bourgeois, Turner prize-winning Martin Creed and national treasure Henry Moore.
Set in exceptional gardens designed by leading garden designer Piet Oudolf and featuring the Radic Pavillion once displayed at the Serpentine Gallery, Hauser and Wirth is a must see during your stay. The Michelin-featured restaurant in the grounds, Roth Bar and Grill, also features some of the best local food and there is a great farm shop also attached.
THE YEAR OF CIDER!
Cider is becoming more and more popular on every restaurant menu and, with strong focus on heritage apples such as Dabinett and Yarlington Mill, where would be better to try these than the home of cider? Somerset has a range of great big-name cider producers, but you'll also find micro breweries and small farming orchards all over the county, each with their own special recipes for the perfect local blends.
Our nearest cider farm is just a mile away, with a whole host of awards to their name and they're even open 7 days a week to pop in and try their locally grown drinks.
SHERBORNE ARTS CENTRE
Due in Autumn, Sherborne House, in the town of nearby Sherborne just over the border in Dorset, is due to be renovated. Behind the improvements are the same team behind The Newt at Hadspen. The Grade 1 listed building was constructed in 1720. In the town centre, the building is set to become an arts hub with art exhibitions and events, as well as a cafe and restaurant.
Take a look at our What's On page for a round up of the best things to see and do in Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire. There's so much to see and do in the West Country, with our local events updated regularly to bring you the best for your holiday!
Join us in 2023 for touring caravan and motorhome holidays; RVs and Fifth Wheel pitches; camping availability and holiday lodges for hire. Take a look at our availability on our online booking system: